Saving Sweet Briar, Inc., the non-profit group formed to save Sweet Briar College, expressed confidence in the oral arguments presented before the Virginia Supreme Court today by William Hurd, special counsel to Amherst County Attorney Ellen Bowyer who brought suit on behalf of the Commonwealth of Virginia to prevent closure of the College.
The group also thanked its legion of supporters who flooded the Supreme Court in a powerful show of support in the battle to save the College. The number of attendees required the use of multiple overflow rooms within the courthouse.
“We were very pleased with how oral argument went today before the Virginia Supreme Court,” said Sarah Clement, Chair of Saving Sweet Briar (Sweet Briar College, AB 1975; University of Virginia School of Law, JD 1984). “We eagerly await the court’s ruling and want to sincerely thank the many Saving Sweet Briar supporters who came to today’s hearing. The large number of students, alumnae and parents at the courthouse sent a very strong message about the great interest there is in preserving our school.”
Clement said the questions asked by Virginia Supreme Court justices suggested that the justices understood the urgency of the legal case before them. “It is our deep hope that a swift ruling will be made to ensure the continued operation of Sweet Briar College under new leadership who will chart a sustainable path forward for the College,” said Clement.
Audio of Supreme Court Hearing: http://www.courts.state.va.us/courts/scv/oral_arguments/2015/jun/150619.MP3